Updated Apr 26, 2019CLOSED

UNESCO 10th International Funds for Cultural Diversity

Offered by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multi-donor fund that promotes sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.

It does this through support to projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions as well as the reinforcement of institutional infrastructures supporting viable cultural industries. The IFCD is notably used to promote South-South and North-South-South cooperation, while contributing to achieving concrete and sustainable results as well as structural impacts, where appropriate, in the cultural field.

Since 2010, the IFCD has provided more than US$ 7 million in funding for nearly 100 projects in over 50 developing countries, covering a wide range of areas, from the development and implementation of cultural policies, to capacity-building of cultural entrepreneurs, mapping of cultural industries and the creation of new cultural industry business models.
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CLOSEDJun 13, 2019Deadline
Up to $100,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented in:
CountryMongolia, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Comoros, Brazil, Belize, Barbados, Bahamas, The, Antigua and Barbuda, Afghanistan, Guinea, Guatemala, Ghana, Georgia, Gambia, The, Gabon, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Ecuador, Djibouti, Cuba, Costa Rica, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Colombia, China, Chile, Chad, Cameroon, Cambodia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Benin, Belarus, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Algeria, Albania, Grenada, Haiti, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda, Qatar, Peru, Panama, Palestinian Territories, Oman, Nigeria, Niger, Namibia, Mozambique, Morocco, Moldova, Mexico, Mauritania, Mali, Macedonia, Lesotho, Laos, Kuwait, Korea, South, Kenya, Jordan, Jamaica, Iraq, Montenegro, India, Honduras, Egypt, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Armenia, Trinidad and Tobago, Togo, Timor-Leste, Tajikistan, Seychelles, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uganda, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Venezuela, Turkey, Tunisia, Tanzania, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, South Korea, South Africa, Paraguay, Nicaragua and Madagascar
Focus AreasSocial Development (Youth)
The IFCD invests in projects that lead to structural change through:
- the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production, distribution of and access to a diversity of cultural expressions, including cultural goods, services and activities;
- the reinforcement of human and institutional capacities of public sector and civil society organizations, deemed necessary to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries.

Public authorities and institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) registered from eligible countries (developing countries, Parties to the 2005 Convention) can apply. See attachment for further information regarding types of eligible projects.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of Funds
Expenditures for project-related overhead costs are limited to a maximum of 30% of
the total project budget.
The following types of projects ARE NOT eligible for IFCD funding:
• Projects related to the production of cultural and artistic works and events, exclusively.
• Projects related to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage (Please refer to the Fund for the
Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage).
• Projects related to tangible cultural heritage (e.g. World Heritage sites) (Please refer to the World
Heritage Fund).
• Projects aimed at offsetting a deficit, repaying a debt or paying interest.
• Projects sustaining ongoing activities with recurring costs.
• Projects financing permanent working spaces and/or equipment, exclusively.
• Projects financing physical construction or the restoration of buildings.
• Projects that focus on primary and secondary school environments.
• Projects that focus on cultural tourism.
• Projects that are conceived as scholarships or grants for personal needs.

Application Directions

Prepare and complete application form online. See attachment for more details.


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